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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Preakness to be held Oct. 3 at Pimlico

BALTIMORE, Md.--The Preakness will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Pimlico, it was announced during NBC Sports' nationally televised broadcast, The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah's Run to the Triple Crown.

Racing Pimlico Pimlico as it will be when renovated Chairman and president Belinda Stronach joined by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement.

The Preakness Stakes, usually held on the third Saturday in May, was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and, as previously announced, will not include InfieldFest.

Plans for Black Eyed Susan Day, traditionally held the day before the Preakness, will be announced at a later time.

“Under normal circumstances, I would have stood today at Pimlico Race Course with Ms. Stronach to present the Woodlawn Vase to the winner of the 145th Preakness Stakes," said Gov. Hogan. "But, as we all know, these are not ordinary circumstances. I am delighted that we were successful in working with 1/ST, the Maryland Jockey Club and all who are connected to Maryland's Thoroughbred racing industry to set the new date of October 3rd.”

 

“WE ALL WISH we could have been together today to celebrate the Preakness but we stayed home and stayed safe and now we can look forward to Preakness 145 on October 3,” said Stronach. “I would like to thank Gov. Hogan and all of the state and local leaders along with our industry stakeholders, racetrack communities and partners, including our broadcast partner NBC Sports, for the ongoing support and commitment to racing in Maryland.”

NBC Sports will partner with 1/ST to air a live broadcast of Preakness 145 beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Oct 3.

“We look forward to presenting the 145th Preakness Stakes in a prime spot on our fall sports schedule,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports & NBCSN. “We can't wait to embrace racing at Pimlico when the leaves are changing colors.”

More details on Preakness 145 and the 96th Black Eyed Susan Stakes will be released in the coming months.

For more information visit www.preakness.com or check out the Preakness social channels at Facebook.com/Preakness or on Instagram and Twitter @PreaknessStakes, #PreaknessStakes.

With the Kentucky Derbe ro be held Sept. 5. only the GI Belmont S. has yet to be scheduled.

While NYRA officials have not made an official announcement regarding the timing of the Belmont, it appears they are planning to run the race in June.

An announcement concerning the date for the 2020 Belmont could come as early as Tuesday.

To run the Belmont in its traditional spot in the Triple Crown order, the race would have to be squeezed between the Preakness and the Nov. 6-7 Breeders’ Cup.

It’s difficult to imagine NYRA choosing that spot on the calendar.

Another option would be to run the Belmont after the Breeders’ Cup, meaning it would have to be run at Aqueduct and during a time of year when weather could be an issue.

That also seems like an unlikely option.

If running the Belmont in June, NYRA must also decide whether or not to shorten the race, either to a mile-and-an-eighth or a mile-and-a-quarter.

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